Plutarch's Lives of Illustrious Men Volume 1

Plutarch's Lives of Illustrious Men Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...rights which were proper for appeasing their anger, and procuring auspicious signs and presages, were by the direction of the augurs carefully performed. Fabius Pictor, a near kinsman to Maximus, was sent to consult the oracle of Delphi; and about the same time, two vestals having been detected to have been violated, the one killed herself, an! the other, according to custom, was buried alive. Above all, let us admire the high spirit and equanimity of this Roman commonwealth; that when the consul Varro ramc beaten and flying home, full of shame and humiliation, after h had so disgracefully and calamitously managed their affairs, yet the whole senate and people went forth to meet him at tht ates of the city, and received him with honor and respect. And, silence being commanded, the magistrates and chief of the senate, Fabius amongst them, commended him befoie the people, because he did not despair of the safety of the commonwealth, after so great a loss, but was come to take the governmetit into his hands, to execute the laws, and aid his fellow-citizens in their prospect of future deliverance. When word vas brought to Rome that Hannibal, after the fight, had marched with his army into other parts of Italy, the hearts of the Ramans began to revive, and they proceeded to send out generals and armies. The most distinguished commands were held by Fabius Maxiraus and Claudius Marcellus, both generals of great fame, though upon opposite grounds. For Marcellui, as we have set forth in his life, was a man of action and high spirit, ready and bold with his own hand, and, as Homer describes his warriors, fierce, and delighting in fights. Boldness, enterprise, and daring to match those of Hannibal, constituted his tactics, and marked his...show more

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594975
  • 9781236594976